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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  45,519 Ratings  ·  3,394 Reviews
Juliet Marillier is a rare talent, a writer who can imbue her characters and her story with such warmth, such heart, that no reader can come away from her work untouched. Daughter of the Forest is a testimony to that talent, a first novel and the beginning of a trilogy like no other: a mixture of history and fantasy, myth and magic, legend and love.

Lord Colum of Sevenwater
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 1999)
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Jenny A Song of Ice and Fire is much darker, more rape and more torture. Not to mention RR Martin is reeeaaalllllyyyy long winded. ASOIAF reads more like a…moreA Song of Ice and Fire is much darker, more rape and more torture. Not to mention RR Martin is reeeaaalllllyyyy long winded. ASOIAF reads more like a historical fiction while Sevenwaters reads more like a young female adult book.(less)
Stephanie Winkler I was also around 14, completely fell in love with it and was not too upset by those pages. In contrast to other work of fiction which just uses ** as…moreI was also around 14, completely fell in love with it and was not too upset by those pages. In contrast to other work of fiction which just uses ** as means to set the tone of the story, I felt it was realistically dealt with, particullarly in the remainder of the book. (less)

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Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Greys Pulido
Shelves: favorites
“Real life is not quite as it is in stories. In the old tales, bad things happen, and when the tale has unfolded and come to its triumphant conclusion, it is as if the bad things had never been. Life is not as simple as that, not quite.”

--Juliet Marillier, “Daughter of the Forest”

The above quote, hands down, sums up “Daughter of the Forest” for me. Yes, this is a fairy tale, but it also speaks truth about life: about how once you go forward, you cannot go back to the beginning…because things are
Kat Kennedy
***Warning**** Mention of rape and discussion of such follows.

I gave this book four stars so obviously I did enjoy it. There are actually many, many enjoyable elements to this book and I promise to get to them in a moment...
I found myself so COMPLETELY annoyed with Daughter of the Forest though I really enjoyed the book. We are treated to the terrible acts committed against Sorcha and it's rather graphic at moments. Yet when it comes to consensual, loving sex - nothing. Fade to black the moment
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
First let me give a shout out to the rapists and dog killer/abusers in the book with a gif below.

Now let's crack on with a short review 😊

So Sorcha was not born the seventh son. She was born a daughter with 6 older brothers. Finbar, Liam, Cormack, Conor, Padriac and Diarmid. These brothers take care of Sorcha and I forgot to mention she's a healer!

Well, one day their father brings home the evil sorceress that is to be the wicked stepmother!

Yeah, she puts an ole curse on the brothers and such.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Everything I could tell you about Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier can be summed up in a single paragraph from the story itself:

If I were telling this tale, and it were not my own, I would give it a neat, satisfying ending . . . In such stories, there are no loose ends. There are no unraveled edges and crooked threads. Daughters do not give their hearts to the enemy. The wicked do not simply disappear, taking with them the satisfaction of vengeance. Yo
Cait • A Page with a View
I love Ireland and love retellings, so this was all sorts of enchanting.

Sorcha is the seventh daughter of a seventh son and has 6 older brothers. A few of them communicate mentally and there are hints of fae and magic woven throughout the druidic Irish setting. It's a long story, but basically young Sorcha's brothers are turned into swans and she has to remain silent for years as she spins a thorny plant into shirts so they can be human again. It's a truly miserable, isolating task and the story
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, fae
“All that he had of her was his memory,where he held every moment,every single moment that she had been his.That was all he had,to keep out the loneliness.”

Daughter of the Forest is one of those books.The ones that are scored on my heart,the ones that caused both my awe and respect for the story and for the author.For it takes a tremendous amount of talent and soul to write such a book.

I recall the tale of the Six Swans,I remember being a little girl watching the animated version,and it made m
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fantasy/fairy tale retellings fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Harper Bell
Shelves: fairy-tales, 2010
4.7 stars

Aside from a couple of minor qualms, Daughter of the Forest is pretty much an example of an almost perfect debut novel.

This book is a beautiful retelling of the Celtic "Swans" myth, which has been familiar to me since childhood through the Hans Christian Andersen's version - The Wild Swans. Sorcha is the seventh child and the only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. When Colum remarries after being widowed for almost 13 years, the evil stepmother (and witch) puts a dreadful spell on
Incredible. I know I've said I've been speechless when reading books before, but this time, I genuinely don't have the words to express what a masterpiece this novel is. I actually finished this novel early today morning, at around 1:30, but it was only at 2:30-ish that I actually got up to go to sleep. I couldn't get this story out of my head; I simply kept thinking about it. If Juliet Marillier hadn't already made a fan out of me with Heart's Blood, then I'd be tripping over myself to fall at ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I have always loved the fairy tale about the sister with numerous brothers who had a wicked stepmother who enchanted her brothers to turn them into birds. The number of brothers and the type of birds can vary. I have seen it with ravens and with swans. In Daughter of the Forest, Ms. Marillier used the version in which the heroine has six brothers and they are all turned into swans. I must say I truly enjoyed (and devoured) this heartbreaking, emotionally wrenching novel based on that fairy tale. ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
It has taken me forever to get to this review because I was just not sure how I could possibly pack everything I felt during this book into coherent words stuck together that would even possibly do it justice. I still don’t think that I will be able to manage it but I’ll try.

Daughter of the Forest (DoF) takes an old Irish legend/fairy tale and breathes new life into it. I was not familiar at all with the original version of this story so I cannot comment on how closely it follows but I will say
Mayim De Vries
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pages of this book flow like a river of sorrow and anguish, and pain, and loneliness, courage, and hope, and an unyielding love. But the stream is strong so once the current of the Six Swans retelling has caught you, you will be there, held like under a spell and unable to stop. It is not an easy tale but, oh, a beautiful one.

The fairy tale is known, and so I am not spoiling anything by telling you that Daughter of the Forest tells us a story of Sorcha, the youngest child of the Lord of Seve
What a breathtakingly beautiful book!

It’s hard to describe Daughter of the Forest. It is a fantasy, a historical, and a romance. It reads like a fable or a fairy tale. It has all the elements of a fairy tale – the evil stepmother, a fairy godmother (sort of), an enchantment, an impossible task to accomplish, a prince charming, and a happily ever after.

This has to be my all time favorite book now. I was captivated by the story, mesmerized by the voice of Sorcha, our heroine. I did not put this b
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana
How do you know when a book is a great book?
- When the line between reality and fiction begins to blur, so that you could be sitting on a sunny balcony off a busy street, and still feel like you are in the cool, dark confines of the ancient Irish forests. When you are struck with sympathetic muteness because talking means the difference between life and death for the heroine, and it takes an actual, conscious effort to unlock your throat and answer when someone calls out to you. When you sudden
Emily May
Apr 22, 2011 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales

No Rating

I cannot fairly rate this book so I'm going to leave it as it is. I was originally attracted by the high ratings and positive reviews but I discovered early on that, for whatever reason, this book simply isn't for me. I couldn't appreciate the story enough to read on and that is why I won't insult it by giving the kind of low rating I usually give to abandoned books. In this instance, it was definitely me and not the story or writing.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous start to what I hope is going to be a 5 star series. One of my favorite books so far this year!
Lindsey Rey
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

It was very difficult for me to give this book a star rating. First off, I want to say that I enjoyed this story a lot and found it very enchanting. I didn't want to put it down and I will be continuing on with the series. I really enjoyed the writing and I thought the cast of characters was very intriguing and really pulled you in to the story. The novel did lull in a couple of places, but that didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. I did listen to the audio book
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

In the second half of 2014, I read Juliet Marillier for the first time. The book was Dreamer’s Pool and as soon as I closed the cover on the last page, I asked myself the question most readers ask themselves right after they finish an amazing read: Why have I waited so long to read this author? And inevitably, the next thought is: I must read more!

I know I say that a lot and I don’t always follow through, at least not righ
3.5 stars. Wondrously evocative and lyrical. Enthralling. Suspenseful. Redundant. Too redundant.

This is a popular romantic fairy tale, found in the Young Adult and Juvenile shelves. Yet I question that classification, as there's a graphically adult scene (disturbing) as explained in spoiler further below.

Major spoilers are tagged and hidden:

Daughter of the Forest is an über-extended take on The Six Swans, set in medieval Ireland, when Druidic and Christian cultures first started to overlap.

Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. If I wasn't sure before, this book solidifies Juliet Marillier as one of my very favourite authors.

The story of Sorcha and her trials as she works to free her six brothers from enchantment is painful and gut wrenching. While it doesn't all result in a traditional fairy tale ending, the story does deliver what feels right and more true to our own experiences. No one can live through what Sorcha and her brothers do without being irrevocably changed.

Marillier's writing is perfect as usual
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I just want to say that I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is one of my favorite love stories of all time. It is not some mere trite story. It is meaningful and deep.

However be warned, it does have what I have referred to before as "content". There is a part near the beginning where she is abused. Skip it. There is a part at the very end after they are married. There you go. So if you read it, and want to come away unscathed, be careful. Start at the part where Red finds her(maybe s
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loan
Such a gem to read and have on your bookshelf, full of magic and mysticism, love and romance. One the most beautifully crafted books I've read in a long time, the story line is very simple and has been written about in other reviews ,what makes it extra special is the voice of the narrator Sorcha (sor-ca), she tells her story with such a simple yet very emotive voice that can bring the reader to tears in just a few beautifully put together words. Altho this is a hefty book it didn't seem to matt ...more
Feb 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would not recommend it, especially to young adults. The story was beautifully woven and the writing is very engrossing, but there is graphic description of abuse that did not strengthen the book and was very unnecessary. It pretty much ruined the book for me.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE that likes this genre!
I have three words to describe this book.... beautiful, heartbreaking and enchanting! Okay maybe four words if you count and...

This book is something special and it has made its way to my "favorite books ever" shelf! If this is a book you're interested in then stop right now and read it. It's that good. Juliet Marillier is an amazing writer and this will be a book that I will never forget. She creates amazing imagery through her writing and you'll find yourself swept off to another land in n
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There are books that you take little sips from then are those you devour… this a little bit of both. It’s intricately told with a cast of characters each as nuanced as the other that I couldn’t help but get drawn in. That it’s lengthy is of no issue, in fact, I loved that aspect of it. Particularly since it allowed the reveal of who was close to whom and which sibling had what role. But this is mainly about Sorcha though, youngest of the seven among whom
RE-READ: December 2017

5/5 stars

“You will find the way, daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.”

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love this book. It is definitely one of my all time favourite books, and may even take out that top spot. I remember absolutely adoring this book the first time I read it, but all the emotions have come rushing back to me this time. I am overwhelmed with how downri
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, fans of Robin McKinley, people who love folktales and Celtic folklore
Recommended to Emily by: I saw it on the shelf at my brother and sister-in-law's appartme
If you are looking for a review that is more about the plot and characters, you'll have to look elsewhere. However, these are my thoughts on my experience of reading this book:

This is now one of my favorite books. It was amazing. There are several reasons I loved this book but there is one that explains all the others - somehow I really identified with the protagonists even though on the surface I am nothing like her. However, I must have found something in her to identify with because I actuall
I am a great lover of fantasy but I am discovering that I prefer my fantasy books to be original and not based on fairy tales. (One notable exception being Cinder and its sequels). Fairy tales are known for their cruelty and hardship and Daughter of the Forest is quite relentless in this respect. It may be that the book was just a bit too long and Sorcha's tedious task seemed to take forever. However I was uncomfortable with several of the scenes and wished they had not occurred. I won't be cont ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rane by: new_user
It's been such a long time since one book has made me feel one strong emotion from another. From tears to rage
This book will make you feel something wether you like it or not

This was an beauitful book with sometimes some harsh underlining factors that made me cringe and at one time wanna rip out the pages, but as I read I couldn't help by be drawn even more deeply into the story.

I won't lie and say I wasn't PO'd at the abuse Sorcha suffered but your showed she was stronger and was able to b
[5 Stars] I absolutely adored this book. It may be more of a 4.5 star book overall, but I think it may be a new favorite so I'm just giving it a 5 star rating because I loved it so! This book is haunting, beautiful, and it brought me to tears on more than one occasion. This was extremely different from other adult fantasy books I have been reading lately, and I think it was a really pleasant change. It felt in some ways like I was reading a Gail Carson Levine book for adults and about a billion ...more
The time has come. I knew that at some point I would have to review Daughter of the Forest. Do you ever go through your book reviews and realize you haven't reviewed one of your favorite books of all time? And the reason is simply that you read it before reviewing was even a twinkle in your eye. You may have talked about it here, there, and everywhere. You may have heckled dear friends shamelessly until they broke down and read it. But you haven't actually reviewed it. And the other day I realiz ...more
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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“He would have told her - he would have said, it matters not if you are here or there, for I see you before me every moment. I see you in the light of the water, in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind. I see you in the shadows of the great oaks, I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night. You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are - you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath.” 543 likes
“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt hollow and empty and aching.” 272 likes
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